|Here is Jimmy "flaking" out a rope to get ready for glacier travel.|
|Jake here is excited for the day!! About to rope up.|
|This is 'Ventisquero Pared Norte" -- a big valley glacier.|
Part of our logistics was to cross the Baker River the next morning, and Jim had made arrangements for a local "Poblador" rancher to use his boat to ferry us across the river. BUT we needed to do it quickly in the morning because a GLOF had released and the river level was rapidly rising in the morning. What is a GLOF you ask? GLOF stands for Glacial Lake Outburst Flood... you can click on this link to read a little about them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glacial_lake_outburst_flood
So when we woke up that next morning we were in a hurry to get down to the river where Enrique Sanchez was waiting for us to give us a ride across the river... four persons at a time. Fortunately, while we could see the river had risen some and the current was faster than normal it was still safe to cross, but we needed to do it quickly. We didn't want to have half the course cross and half not make it... so we were hustling. Within an hour we were all safely on the north side of Rio Baker and we moved away from the river and camped near Enrique Sanchez's house. His house was well above the potential high water mark, so we set up camp there. After dinner that day we walked back down toward the river and the water had fully flooded over the banks of the river and was more than 3 meters above normal water level.
The next morning we cooked breakfast, packed our backpacks and started hiking to our next camp up an unnamed valley to an unnamed lake. It wasn't very far... only six kilometers, but we had to gain over 700 meters, traveling for the most part off trail. So it was a big day of hiking. Since there were 18 of us in our expedition, we divided each day into small groups of 4 or 5 people to make hiking more efficient. And, as could be expected we all arrived at the lake at different times--anywhere from seven hours to ten hours after starting. Whew! But we all made it!
|Here are four of the Chulengos on a spectacular hiking day.|